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10.20.16 Memeburn
"New smart tattoo measures your blood alcohol levels"
Good news, party animals. Scientists at the University of California have created a way for you to monitor your blood alcohol levels without a breathalyser. The new technology makes use of a phone, and a biosensor patch that beams back information about your blood alcohol levels on the fly. "It resembles a temporary tattoo but is actually a biosensor patch that is embedded with several flexible wireless components," explains Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, Seila Selimovic in a press release.

10.19.16 CBS News
"Could a biosensor "tattoo" help stop drunk driving?"
For those out on the town, an experimental wearable device could help you know whether you've had too much to drink. Engineers from the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla - with funding from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) - have created what is basically a wearable sensor that detects alcohol levels in your perspiration and then sends that information to your smartphone.

10.19.16 ZD Net
"Wearable tattoo tells your smartphone how drunk you are before the cops do"
A new sweat-inducing wearable can analyze your blood-alcohol levels and send a readout to your smartphone within minutes. The key features of the stick-on sweat-alyzer is that it can be discreetly placed on your arm and provides a readout within eight minutes compared with hours using other techniques that analyze sweat to measure blood alcohol. Research into the wearable tattoo was funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, or NIBIB, and was carried out by a team of electrical-, computer- and nano- engineers at the University of California, San Diego

10.19.16 the Inquirer
"Science creates a smart tattoo that can tell when you're pissed"
GREAT NEWS for people who like to have a drink but can't tell when they've had enough. Scientists have invented a smart tattoo that will tell you when you get too far under the surface and really ought not to drive, text ex-girlfriends or have that extra hot chilli sauce on your kebab. The wonders of science never cease to amaze. One minute they're trying to make Higgs mate with Bosons, the next they're making stamps for people who can't count empty glasses and don't notice when walking takes on a bit of a wobble.

10.18.16 Salon
"Ink and drink: New nano-tech tattoos can tell you when you're too drunk to drive"
It's generally considered a bad idea to mix drinking and tattoos. That said, what if you could get a tattoo that would tell you when you've drunk too much? Thanks to the nano-engineers at the US National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, you can now put a biosensor patch on your arm that looks just like a temporary tattoo. By releasing an electrical current that forces the skin under it to perspire, the tattoo monitors the alcohol levels in your sweat and sends them to the user's smartphone.

10.18.16 C&EN: Chemical & Engineering News
"Self-propelling motors could target cargo to the gut"
A team led by Liangfang Zhang and Joseph Wang of the University of California, San Diego, created 15-µm-long, 5-µm-wide hollow cylinders made of gold and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene). They filled the tubes with magnesium particles and a fluorescent dye as cargo and then coated them with a pH-sensitive methacrylate-based polymer. The methacrylate coating protects the tubes from the acidic gastric fluid in the stomach, but starts to dissolve in the neutral pH intestinal fluid.

10.18.16 Inverse
"Wearable "Tattoo" Sends Blood Alcohol Levels to Your Phone"
Drinkers rejoice: Researchers have created a wearable "tattoo" that can automatically check your blood alcohol levels by analyzing your sweat. This information is then sent to your smartphone, within eight minutes, offering an almost real-time glimpse into exactly how drunk you are. Vital data like this, if used appropriately, could eventually save lives.

10.18.16 The Indian EXPRESS
"US: Scientists develop new wearable tattoo which detects alcohol levels in sweat"
Scientists have developed a wearable skin tattoo that detects alcohol levels in sweat and transmits the information to a smartphone, allowing users to monitor their drinking in real time. The device could help reduce unsafe drinking that can lead to vehicle crashes, violence and the degeneration of the health of heavy drinkers. "It resembles a temporary tattoo, but is actually a biosensor patch that is embedded with several flexible wireless components," said Seila Selimovic, from the US National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB).

10.17.16 Science Daily
"Wearable tattoo sends alcohol levels to your cell phone"
Engineers have developed a small device, worn on the skin, that detects alcohol levels in perspiration and sends the information to the users smart phone in just 8 minutes. It was designed as a convenient method for individuals to monitor their alcohol intake.

10.17.16 National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
"Wearable tattoo sends alcohol levels to your cell phone"
A collaboration of nanoengineers and electrical and computing engineers at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla combined their expertise to create the small device that detects alcohol levels and transmits that information to a cell phone or other monitoring station. Their work is reported in the July issue of the journal ACS Sensors.

10.13.16 The San Diego Union Tribune
"UCSD launches global climate change initiative"
The University of California San Diego is launching the Deep Decarbonization Initiative, a campus-wide push that aims to balance practicality with innovation in the study of how to combat climate change.

10.13.16 India West
"Exceptional Indian American Grad Students Named Siebel Scholars for 2017"
Several Indian American and South Asian American graduate students were among the 2017 Siebel Scholars announced last month. The Siebel Scholars Foundation announced Sept. 7 its annual scholar award recipients, awarding scholarships to exceptional students at the world's leading graduate schools of business, computer science, bioengineering, and energy science. This year's awards program was expanded to honor top energy science students at two leading educational institutions, Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, the Foundation said.

10.11.16 Futurism
"Light-Absorbing Device Moves By Consuming Photons"
A new material capable of oscillating using absorbed light energy has been developed by engineers studying enhanced structures called metamaterials. The optically-driven mechanical oscillator, as discussed in a publication in Nature Photonics, oscillates continuously by keeping its optical and mechanical resonances--or "forced vibrations"--in sync. It's made from metamaterials: composite structures with enhanced properties not typically found in nature.

10.10.16 US News
"Germs in Dog Poop Can Point to Bowel Trouble"
A dog's gut microbiome can reveal if it has inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but this method of diagnosis is not possible in people, a new study says. Gut microbiome refers to the varieties of germs in the digestive tract. IBD is a group of diseases that includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, analyzed fecal samples from dogs with and without IBD and identified a pattern of gut microbes associated with IBD. Using this pattern, the researchers were more than 90 percent accurate in predicting which dogs did or did not have IBD

10.8.16 The San Diego Union Tribune
"VentriGel shows early signs of helping heart attack healing"
An experimental treatment to repair damage from heart attacks is showing early signs that it may be working in people, the discoverer of the technology said at a major biomedical meeting in La Jolla. "So far we have complete followup data on two patients, and both did show signs of improved cardiac function," Karen Christman, scientific founder of San Diego's Ventrix, said Thursday at the Cell & Gene Meeting on the Mesa. Christman, a UC San Diego bioengineer, said the ongoing Phase I trial will assess safety and feasibilty in 18 patients who have had heart attacks.

10.7.16 The San Diego Union Tribune
"National Science Foundation grant to fund smart cities research"
Big data researchers in San Diego and elsewhere have received funding from the National Science Foundation for a smart cities project centered on traffic, water, energy consumption and sustainability. Called MetroInsight, the project aims to build an end-to-end system for tapping urban sensor data and other information and applying predictive analytics to help cities operate smarter. "This project takes data sources and in simple terms tries to paint a picture out of it," said UC San Diego Computer Science and Engineering Professor Rajesh Gupta, principal investigator for MetroInsight.

10.5.16 KPBS
"San Diego Company Aims To Create 3-D Printed Liver Transplants"
One in five Americans in need of a liver transplant dies on the wait list. San Diego-based Organovo hopes to change that by creating transplantable liver tissue in the lab. The company's 3-D printed organ tissue is already being used by pharmaceutical companies to test new drugs. And cosmetics giant L'Oreal is using Organovo's 3-D printed skin to test beauty products. But on Tuesday, the company announced new plans to develop 3-D printed liver tissue for direct transplantation into people.

10.4.16 Robohub
"a look at a Danish robotics cluster"
There are many robotics clusters around the world successfully providing for the needs of their respective communities and a few not really achieving their desired goals. Odense and the Danish clusters certainly fall into the former category. They do so because they are organized at every level to be offering and have people that are business smart, humble and cooperative in approach, and public-spirited in nature.

10.3.16 SCIENMAG
"Dog stool microbiome predicts canine inflammatory bowel disease"
Our gut microbiomes - the varieties of microbes living in our digestive tracts - may play a role in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Since dogs can also suffer from IBD, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine analyzed fecal samples from dogs with and without the disease. They discovered a pattern of microbes indicative of IBD in dogs. With more than 90 percent accuracy, the team was able to use that information to predict which dogs had IBD and which did not.

9.29.16 How Stuff Works NOW
"Wearable Alcohol Sensor Could Text You if You're Too Drunk"
Heads up, party animals. You may no longer have to wonder whether you've thrown back too many tequila shots. Researchers have developed a wearable tattoo/sensor combo that sends an alert to your phone when you've had too much to drink. Researchers in the departments of nanoengineering and electrical and computer engineering at the University of California San Diego teamed up to develop an entirely new type of inebriation detector. A wearable "tattoo" about the size of stick of gum gets adhered to the inner forearm. The tattoo is loaded with tiny doses of pilocarpine

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